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Testimony to Portland City Council

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

Daryl Turner, President PPA We have a staffing problem in the PPB. Mayor Hales, our police commissioner, has highlighted the City’s strong revenue forecasts and the resulting need to invest additional City revenue in basic services. One of those core basic services is policing. While I applaud Matrix Consulting Group’s recommendation to add 23 rank-and-file officers, detectives and sergeants to …

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Staffing Concerns

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

As the President of the Portland Police Association, the most important issue to me is your safety and the safety of the communities you serve. That is why I believe the most pressing issue that the rank and file face today is staffing. Staffing that will keep the officers and supervisors on the streets safe. Staffing that will allow PPB …

What’s Next?

In Local, President's Message, Staffing by rapsheet

Now that the USDOJ has moved on to greener pastures and the Portland Police Bureau has implemented most of the mandated policies, where do we go from here? Our immediate problem as an organization is staffing at the rank and file levels. The minimums per shift at each precinct are inadequate and cannot be consistently maintained. Our Detective Division is …

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Where the Work is Really Done

In President's Message by rapsheet

Over the past two weeks, most of you have read statements made by Mayor Charlie Hales and Chief Mike Reese regarding their efforts to promote community policing, diversity and equity training throughout the Portland Police Bureau.  Chief Reese made reference to a new force policy that promotes de-escalation principles, crediting the policy for the decline in use of force and …

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IPR Investigations: Fair or Foul

In President's Message by rapsheet

Over the past nine months, Independent Police Review (IPR) has doggedly pursued the ability to perform “meaningful” investigations of Police Bureau officers. The implication from IPR was that the Police Bureau’s Internal Affairs Division (IAD) was too biased and incapable of performing “meaningful” investigations. IPR and the City Auditor lobbied City Council for a change to the City Code to …

Use of Force

In President's Message, Use of Force by rapsheet

Most of us are aware of the inherent dangers that cops face on a daily basis. While some of us have been involved in multiple force incidents, all of us do a good job treating each instance as a unique situation with its own set of circumstances. No cop leaves the precinct looking to be involved in a force incident; …

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OF GOVERNMENTAL INTEREST

In President's Message by rapsheet

Within the last couple of years, the management of the Portland Police Bureau has created a new standard by which the rank and file will be judged. This standard is called Governmental Interest.  When the rank and file, who are short staffed, under supported, and riddled by multitudes of oversight, do their jobs and take action, the first question that …

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Goals for 2014

In Local, NEWS, President's Message by rapsheet

As the new year begins, I realize that it is important to look back and think about where we were last year at this very same time. We have faced many challenges head on while moving forward in our advocacy of protecting your rights, wages, and benefits. Of course, your support has been pivotal to the success of the PPA …

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PPA Statement Regarding CBA Tentative Agreement – 12.18.13

In Local, President's Message by rapsheet

Mayor Hales and commissioners, I am Daryl Turner, President of the Portland Police Association. I am honored to be here today representing the 900 men and women of the PPA as the City moves to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement and the USDOJ settlement. This has been a long, complex process. The City and PPA negotiating teams worked tirelessly …

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PPA Statement to City Council Regarding IPR’s Proposed Ordinance – 12.18.13

In Local, President's Message by rapsheet

Good afternoon Mayor Hales and City Commissioners. I am Daryl Turner, President of the Portland Police Association. I sit here today nearly two months after IPR introduced its original ordinance in October. Although IPR has now revised its ordinance, the three points that I raised before you in October remain unresolved. First, IPR’s proposed code changes trigger a number of …